Other Environmental Bills
Solid Waste Management Districts: SB 210
Author: Senator Gard (R-Greenfield)
SB 210 would have stripped Solid Waste Management Districts of their ability to raise funds (via property taxes & user fees) to provide needed services like household hazardous waste collection and recycling.
Where is it now?
Due in large part to the grassroots efforts of the Indiana Association of Solid Waste Management Districts, the Hoosier Environmental Council, and the Indiana Recycling Coalition, this bill failed in a vote on the Senate floor! Thank you for all of your efforts! Our voices have been heard, and this bill that would have greatly weakened funding for recycling and hazardous waste disposal.
Environmental Board Consolidation: HB 1002
Author: Representative Wolkins (R-Winona Lake)
This bill will consolidate all existing environmental rulemaking boards into a single “Super” environmental board. HEC is very concerned that one board, rather than three distinct boards to deal with separate issues, will result in board members being less knowledgeable about new rules and issues, making the new board much more dependent on IDEM staff and less able to provide independent oversight.
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Environmental rulemaking is a complex and technical process. The environmental rules board needs individuals who are knowledgeable and experienced in the disciplines involved in environmental regulations, such as chemistry, biology, medicine, engineering, and environmental science. Also, the board should include diverse representation not only from regulated interests, but also from those interests concerned about or benefiting from environmental protection.
Where is it now?
HB 1002 is currently in conference committee. The conferees are: Senator Tallian, Senator Lawson, Representative Pierce, and Representative Wolkins.
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Contact your legislators and the conferees and urge them to support the following amendments. You can send emails directly, or contact them with one click through our Action Center!
Recommendation #1: Add additional board members including an environmental scientist from a college or university, and a watershed planning or management expert. Also, add a representative of Indiana’s tourism or outdoor recreation industries, which will provide another board member with a direct interest in the success of environmental rules.
Recommendation #2: Require board members to have expertise or experience in environmental science and policy. An independent environmental rules board will provide better oversight of the Department of Environmental Management rulemaking process. Besides knowledgeable board members, the board also needs its own technical and legal staff to allow it to conduct its own technical research and form its own legal conclusions.
Recommendation #3: The board should have the authority and funding to select and employ full time technical and legal staff. The participation of other state agencies on the environmental rules board should be limited to those agencies with expertise in the subject matter of environmental rules.
Recommendation #4: Limit state agency participation on the board to only the Indiana Department of Health and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources[table “5” not found /]